Hundreds of budding young tennis
players took part in Scotland’s
largest primary school tennis competition.
Trebling in size since it started in
2011, The Glasgow Primary Schools Tennis Cup saw 125 primary 4s from across all
of Glasgow go head to head to be in with the
chance to represent Glasgow
in the West of Scotland Regional Tennis Finals.
The team based competition took
place at Glasgow Life’s world class facility, Scotstoun Community Indoor Tennis
The number of entries has increased
significantly this year following Glasgow Sport’s new partnership with Western
Lawn Tennis Club and their own schools outreach programme, “A coach, a court
and a competition” a programme that has helped train teachers and provide
tennis coaching to schools in the North West.
Glasgow Life Tennis Development
Officer, Mike Kolacz, said: “Entries have more than trebled since the inaugural
event in 2011 which really highlights a significant demand for tennis across Glasgow, especially with
younger age groups who have borne witness to the tennis boom of recent years.
Glasgow Sport’s new partnership with Western Lawn Tennis Club has been a huge
success and this could be seen today with the 125 smiling faces fighting it out
to become the next Andy Murray.
“Clyde Property and sportscotland’s
sportsmatch award scheme are key sponsors and I would like to say a huge
thank you to them for the support they have given to our ambition of giving
more primary schools across Glasgow
the opportunity to access tennis.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland,
said: “We are delighted that our sportsmatch investment into Western
Lawn Tennis Club’s schools programme has helped to increase the number of
children who took part in The Glasgow Primary Schools Tennis Cup this year.
“sportsmatch aims to support
grassroots sporting initiatives which encourage participation at community
level, especially youth groups, by matching the commercial sponsorship invested
into the project.
“At sportscotland we are
striving to provide more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to
get involved in sport and physical activity, so it is fantastic to see the
impact that this investment has already had.”